For 10 years Victoria Brittain has been visiting with the wives and families of Guantanamo detainees, and men in prison or under house arrest in the UK and US. Her new book, Shadow Lives: The Forgotten Women of the War on Terror (Pluto, 2013), reveals the War on Terror through women’s eyes, in an exposé of the perilous state of freedom and democracy in our society.
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Who are the forgotten women of the War on Terror?
Zinnira is British and the mother of four children, the oldest a teenager and the youngest a boy who has never seen his father. Her husband Shaker Aamer, a Saudi national and British resident, has been in Guantanamo Bay for 11 years, although he was cleared for release several years ago and more than once.
Ragaa is British and the mother of six children, the oldest of whom is married and the youngest a teenager. Her husband Adel Abdel Bary is an Egyptian lawyer, extradited from the UK after a 14 year legal battle and now in prison awaiting trial in the US later this year.
Farida and Sabiha are British women, wives of retired civil servants, whose sons were extradited to the US last autumn and are held in solitary confinement awaiting trial later this year.
Sabah, who now has a British passport, campaigned tirelessly for years for her Palestinian husband’s return to Britain from Guantanamo Bay to their five children, the youngest of whom he had never met.
Josephine, who is French, has three children and an Algerian husband who has survived more than one suicide attempt in despair of his life in prison and under varying restrictions of house arrest since 2011.
Hamda, with her five grown up daughters and one son, and her twenty grandchildren, nursed her husband back to health after years in Belmarsh and Broadmoor brought him near death. His deportation order to Jordan was finally dropped.
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The Forgotten Women of the War on Terror
Victoria Brittain. Foreword by John Berger. Afterword by Marina Warner
“Thanks in no small measure to Victoria Brittain’s remarkable work, we should all have at least some sense of the horrifying events of which Guantanamo is a symbol. Here Brittain adds another crucial dimension to the shameful record, with a searching, sensitive, and wrenching account of the ordeal of the women left behind, their torment, their endurance and courage, their triumphs over the cruel “extension of prison to home.” And not least, a revealing picture of what we have allowed ourselves to become.
“This is a window into an invisible world…a reminder that abandoning normal legal standards has serious consequences for the Rule of Law.” – Helena Kennedy, QC